Can Evangelical Schools Still Be Evangelical?
Dear Friends & Supporters of Bible Seminary Bonn, “Can Evangelical Schools Still Be Evangelical?” This headline of an online article caught my attention immediately on social media. While I was reflecting on how to share with you how privileged we are to have the extraordinary opportunity to actually build a Bible-believing and mission-minded seminary in the heart of Europe and Germany.
I strongly believe that with God´s help, it will be possible for us to stay true to God´s word and to do what HE wants us to do! On one hand, we definitely experience pressure against us, but on the other hand, we also experience the mighty hand of God in the training of young and effective preachers, church planters, missionaries, and lay-workers. We are amazed at how eagerly our students are studying the Bible and how committed they are to staying true to the calling on their lives as future preachers, missionaries, church planters, missionaries, and evangelists.
As leaders of Bibelseminar Bonn, it is our sincere prayer that God will allow us to train even greater numbers of future kingdom-workers through their study of God´s word at Bible Seminary Bonn! We want to be faithful servants of Lord Jesus, and we believe that through effective relationships and joint hands, we can share the good news more effectively, train many strategic leaders and kingdom workers.
We strongly believe that through your prayers and your support you make a strategic investment in our mission endeavor in the heart of Europe and in the land of the Reformation. “SUPPORT” – I chose this word as an acronym that will help me to communicate reasons why we love to invite you to pray and give towards the ministry of Bible Seminary Bonn:
Bible Seminar Bonn is called to be…
STRATEGIC: Bible Seminary Bonn (BSB) is placed in the heart of Europe, the former capital of Germany. Today the United Nations have one of their main campuses here, as well as the German Telekom and DHL. BSB is surrounded by significant and influential universities such as the University of Cologne (50,000 students) and the University of Bonn (30,000 students). We want to use our strategic place in this time to reach and influence the next generation of leaders with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
USEFUL: With the help of SWBTS, we are providing our 400+ students with excellent academic training, sound theology, and a constant focus on God´s inerrant Word. Our professors are passionate followers of Jesus Christ and invest their very best gifts to place useful ministry tools in the hands of our students.
PRACTICAL: We know that knowledge is a pillar that needs to be balanced with praxis in order for effect ministry to take place. Our students are encouraged to start innovative ministries in their churches, mission organizations, and communities. Many students are involved in regular evangelism and disciple ministries.
PRESSING: In the time of a refugee crisis and deep spiritual and ethical changes in our country, we know that the opportune time is very short and limited. That’s why we are pressing forward to share the good news of Christ wherever we have the chance to do so. We encourage, teach, and help our churches to be more strategic in their outreach and Christian witness in Germany and beyond.
OUTGOING: From the beginnings of our school in 1993; we wanted to widen our horizons for the people God has called for his service. We are excited that a conservative Russian-German Seminary has become an increasingly international school that has a positive influence on many ethnic communities all over Germany. We truly want to see the world the way our Heavenly Father sees it. That´s why we love to collaborate with international and like-minded churches and ministers in the Gospel.
RELATIONAL: The atmosphere among the professors, students and ministry leaders is shaped by the fact that all of us are brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to stand together, celebrate together, and work together for the sake of Lord Jesus. This is part of our DNA – a true work of the Holy Spirit!
TRANSFORMATIONAL: The motto for our campus (Haus Wittgenstein) has been “From this place we will change the world for Christ!” for over 24 years. God´s word is indeed powerfully working in our German churches. Often, we see alumni of BSB preaching and teaching the word of God as the inerrant word of God. This fills us with joy as we continue to shape the next generations of students at our school.
Dr. Heinrich Derksen
Dr. Heinrich Derksen
College Program, Dean
Dr. Friedhelm Jung
M.A. Program, Dean
Donations to Bibelseminar Bonn can be made through:
- Donate with PayPal
- Sending a check to Bibelseminar Bonn. All checks should be made out to Bibelseminar Bonn & mailed to this address: Bibelseminar Bonn Ehrental 2-4 53332 Bornheim, Germany
If you have any further questions about ways in which you can support the seminary with your prayers or finances or would like to be notified about specific needs as they arise, please feel free to contact us.
„Authority of scriptures in mission – God’s Word: Sharper than a sword! Hebrews 4:12”
by Dr. Heinrich Derksen